The main oncologists Spain stressed yesterday that the cancer mortality is declining 1% per year since 2000 and that investments are acceptable, but considered that further resources and assistance to the sick has considerable shortcomings with the low number of specialists, which forces them to reduce the “time care to an extent unacceptable. ” He estimates that Spain would need to raise the specialists in almost one third to 23 per million inhabitants (about 1,008). The national health system now has only 15 per million population (705).
The Foundation for Excellence and Quality Oncology (ECO), formed by 23 department heads of the main Spanish hospitals, estimated that by 2015 there will be in Spain 220,000 new cases of cancer and is expected that one in four people suffer the disease at some point in their lives. It is estimated that today in Spain about 1.5 million people may have cancer. According to Rafael López, head of the Clinical Hospital of Santiago de Compostela, the “increased workload”, and the shortage of specialist, joins the “poor” oncologic training taught in Spanish universities and the need to move towards a “more humanized medicine. “